SOURCE: BidNet | SourceSuite

January 27, 2016 08:05 ET

Cincinnati Zoo to Distribute Bid Opportunities Using VCPurchasing.com

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - January 27, 2016) - The Cincinnati Zoo announced it has joined the Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform and will be distributing all upcoming bid opportunities through www.VCPurchasing.com. BidNet's Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform connects participating zoos and aquariums from across the country to an increasing vendor database and streamlines the bid and vendor management process for the buying organization.

The Cincinnati Zoo joined the platform in December 2015. The Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform expands the zoo's vendor pool and enhances vendor competition with a shared vendor database among other participating zoos and aquariums. All vendors interested in doing business with The Cincinnati Zoo and any other participating organization can register online at www.VCPurchasing.com. The Cincinnati Zoo encourages all interested bidders to register today.

"One of the reasons that we joined the platform was to increase our access to qualified vendors. Vendor registration is easy and we can notify bidders of an open RFQ with just a click of a button, and they can respond just as easily," says Raymond Ulrich, Director of Purchasing and Cash Control.

Registered vendors gain access to bid invitations, related documents and files, all addendum, and award information. In addition, VCPurchasing.com offers a value-added service for vendors to advertise for products & services through a promotional profile, list multi-office location listings, receive matched bid opportunities from the Cincinnati Zoo and more.

The Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform also provides The Cincinnati Zoo with a powerful e-Sourcing technology to simplify the purchasing process by streamlining bid management, bid distribution, vendor relations and overall procurement tracking. "By joining the purchasing platform, we will have better control and visibility over our entire purchasing process," states Ulrich. "Features such as the shared bid library and growing vendor pool will help the zoo save time in our procurement initiatives," Ulrich continued.

Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform is a single, online location for managing sourcing activities and provides zoos and aquariums across the country the tools needed to minimize costs and save time throughout the purchasing process. The core purchasing platform is currently being offered at no cost to eligible zoos and aquarium organizations through AZA Smart Source and BidNet.

About The Cincinnati Zoo:
The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. More than 1.5 million people visit the Zoo annually.

About Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform & BidNet
The Vendor Centric Purchasing Platform is a collaboration between BidNet and Vendor Centric. The platform is an intuitive, robust web-based platform being used by a growing number of zoos, aquariums and museums across the country utilizing the SourceSuite technology. The platform is currently offered to eligible organizations through Vendor Centric's AZA Smart Source and the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative. For more information, visit www.VCPurchasing.com.

BidNet's SourceSuite solutions provide supplier management, document distribution and audit control tools to more than 1,100 various buying organizations across the country. For information about this powerful purchasing solution, visit www.SourceSuite.com.

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